Beth Simmons, Primary

Beth SimmonsEducation & Outreach Coordinator
Palmer Station, Antarctica LTER (PAL) Program

Palmer LTER brings the science and marine ecology of the Southern Ocean along the Western Antarctic Peninsula to the public.

Palmer LTER Education and Outreach (E/O) program is dedicated to integrating educational opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, K - 12 teachers and students, professionals and the general public into the program infrastructure.

Emphasis is placed on sustaining broad partnerships with scientists, formal and informal educational facilities and international organizations, as well as local and regional educational professionals to promote science literacy, improve public awareness in Polar science and encourage a better understanding of the effects of climate change along the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP).

Mary SpiveyMary Spivey, Co-PI

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, EducationCoordinator /Minnesota LTER (CDR)

Cedar Creek offers ecosystem-based program opportunities for K - 12 student groups and educational professionals varying from field tours to research experiences, projects, internships and experience in research methodology and theory.

They are dedicated to understanding ecosystem ecology through research, conservation and education.

Cedar Creek LTER is located in central Minnesota and operated by the University of Minnesota in cooperation with the Minnesota Academy of Science.

Nick Oehm, Co-PI

Nick OehmFlorida Coastal EvergladesEducation & Outreach Coordinator /Florida LTER (FCE)

FCE LTER Education and Outreach (E/O) brings students, teachers, community, and research scientists together to develop a deeper understanding of the intricate ecosystems and ecology of the Coastal Everglades.

To reach this goal, the program has four main areas of focus:

  1. Ecological Training directly pairing high school students with LTER scientists
  2. Cross Site Collaboration in site-related research
  3. Environmental Literacy development in new curriculum and activities
  4. Establishing Community Partnerships with the goal of creating citizen science programs